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Florida Drive-in Theaters

Florida got off to an early start as a drive-in movie state back in February of 1938, opening one of America's first drive-in theaters in Miami. By the end of the 1940's, Florida had about 20 drive-ins operating throughout the state. And less than ten years later, the number of Florida drive-ins had boomed. By 1955 there were more than 150 drive-in theaters in Florida (helped by the year round warm weather no doubt). As with other states, the peak for drive-ins movie theaters in Florida was the mid to late 1950's, after which, their numbers began to decline, but more slowly than in other states. Even by 1979, there were still 115 drive-ins operating in the state. Unlike most states, the severe attrition of drive-ins did not hit Florida until the 1980's. But hit it did as there are currently only 8 operating drive-in movie theaters in Florida. However, Florida is still host to the largest drive-in in the United States. The Swap Shop Drive-in in Fort Lauderdale (listed below) has 14 screens and is open year round. Most of Florida's remaining drive-in theaters are located in the Central part of the state. There are no drive-ins in the Panhandle, only one in Northern Florida and only two in Southern Florida.

Open Drive-in

Joy Lan Drive-in
16414 Highway 301
Dade City, FL 33523

The Joy-Lan Drive-in is a single screen drive-in movie theater located in Dade City, Florida which is located about half way between Tampa and Orlando...more about Joy Lan Drive-in
Swap Shop Drive-in
3121 West Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

Originally named the Thunderbird Drive-in, the now named Swap Shop Drive-in of Fort Lauderdale, FL is the largest of America's drive-in theaters (as i...more about Swap Shop Drive-in
Sun-Ray's Drive-in
869 Willow Branch Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32205

Sun Ray's Drive-in is a small, single screen drive-in movie theater located in Jacksonville, Florida. The owners of the drive-in are Tim Massett and ...more about Sun-Ray's Drive-in
Silver Moon Drive-in
4100 New Tampa Highway
Lakeland, FL 33815

The Silver Moon Drive-in is a twin screen drive-in movie theater located in Lakeland, Florida which is about half way between Tampa and Orlando. In c...more about Silver Moon Drive-in
Ocala Drive-in
4850 South Pine Avenue
Ocala, FL 34480

The Ocala Drive-in is a two screen drive-in movie theater located in Ocala, Florida. It was opened way back in 1948 and operated from then until it c...more about Ocala Drive-in
Ruskin Drive-in Theater
5011 Highway 41 North
Ruskin, FL 33572

The Ruskin Family Drive-in is a single screen drive-in theater located in Ruskin, Florida. It is common to see grandparents returning to the Ruskin F...more about Ruskin Drive-in Theater

Proposed Drive-ins

Lighthouse 5 Drive-in Theatre
County Rd 44
Eustis, FL 32736

The Lighthouse 5 Drive-in Theatre is a PROPOSED 5 screen drive-in movie theater that will be located on County Road 44 in Eustis, Florida which is abo...more about Lighthouse 5 Drive-in Theatre

Permanantly Closed Drive-ins

Dale Drive-in Theater
Highway 92 W. and Berkley Road
Auburndale, FL 33823

Bartow Outdoor Drive-in
1705 Highway 17 South
Bartow, FL 33830

Lakes Drive-in Theater
1391 North Main Street
Belle Glade, FL 33430

Boulevard Drive-in Theater
1532 South Woodland Boulevard
DeLand, FL 32720

The Boulevard Drive-in was closed in 1993 after its single screen was badly damaged in a storm and the owners decided not to spend the money for the n...more about Boulevard Drive-in Theater
Delray Drive-in Theater
2001 N. Federal Highway
Delray Beach, FL 33483

Northside Drive-in
2521 North Tamiami Trail
Fort Myers, FL 33903

The last we knew, the drive-in screen was still there and the drive-in is for sale for the right price. So if you are looking for a drive-in theater ...more about Northside Drive-in
Playtime Triple Family Drive-in
6300 Blanding Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32244

Open 60 years, the Playtime 2 Drive-in finally closed in 2008. During its history it started as a normal drive-in. Then switched to soft core porn in...more about Playtime Triple Family Drive-in
Swap Shop Drive-in Lake Worth
3438 Lake Worth Road
Lake Worth, FL 33461

The Lake Worth Drive-in and Swap Shop was a two screen drive-in movie theater and swap shop located in Lake Worth, Florida. It was the last remaining...more about Swap Shop Drive-in Lake Worth
Naples Drive-in
Firano Drive & Davis Boulevard
Naples, FL 34112

28th Street Drive-in
4990 28th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33714

We regret to report that this colorful and popular Drive-in which opened-up in 1950 and which had also been so nicely maintained in its later years, h...more about 28th Street Drive-in
Swap Shop Fun Lan Drive-in
2302 E Hillsborough Ave
Tampa, FL 33610

The Swap Shop Fun Lan Drive-in (originally known as simply the Fun Lan Drive-in) was located in Tampa, FL. Originally a single screen drive-in when it...more about Swap Shop Fun Lan Drive-in
West Palm Beach Drive-in
1140 Old Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33461

Star-Lite Drive-in Theater
1171 East Plant Street
Winter Garden, FL 34787

The Star-Lite Drive-in Theater was opened way back in 1949 when drive-in theaters were really starting to take off in the United States. It was a one...more about Star-Lite Drive-in Theater
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